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15 COVID deaths, 34 hours curfew imposed in J&K, BSF foils Pak attempt to drop arms and more top news stories

15 COVID deaths, 34 hours curfew imposed in J&K, BSF foils Pak attempt to drop arms and more top news stories


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COVID: J&K 15 deaths, 2,030 fresh cases

Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday recorded 2,030 fresh COVID-19 cases that took the union territory’s total tally to 1,58,374 while 15 more fatalities pushed the death toll to 2,126, officials said.

Of the fresh cases, 1,194 were reported from the Kashmir division and 834 were from the Jammu division of the union territory, they said.  Read more The Dispatch


COVID: J&K announces 34-hour curfew, free vaccine shots to all eligible beneficiaries

Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir administration announced a 34-hour curfew from 8 pm on Saturday amid a surge in coronavirus cases in the Union Territory. Moreover, the government decided to provide free Covid jabs to all the eligible beneficiaries.

“Complete corona curfew to be observed in the Union Territory from 8 PM, 24th April (Saturday) till 6 AM, April 26 (Monday). Essential and emergency services to be allowed. All market, commercial institutions will remain closed,” the office of Lieutenant Governor (LG) Manoj Sinha said in a tweet. Read more on The Dispatch.    



3 LeT militant associates held in J&K’s Baramulla

 Srinagar: Three militant associates of Lashkar-e-Taiba were arrested in connection with a recent bank robbery in Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said on Saturday.

On Thursday, police received information about the bank robbery at Jammu and Kashmir Bank, Khare Sherabad branch. A case was registered and a special investigation team was constituted to probe the incident, a police spokesman said. Read more on The Dispatch.   



Centre advises States, UTs to register additional private COVID Vaccination Centres in mission mode for 3rd phase of Vaccination

 Centre has advised States and Union Territories to register additional private COVID Vaccination Centres in mission mode for the 3rd phase of Vaccination which will commence from 1st May. It has asked them to engage with private hospitals, hospital of industrial establishment and Industry Associations. The States were also advised to coordinate with designated appropriate Authority for applications and their processing and monitoring of pendency of registration. Read more on The Dispatch



All necessary preparations being finalised for 7th phase of polling in West Bengal

In the poll-bound West Bengal, all the necessary preparations are being finalised for the Seventh Phase polling of Assembly Elections on Monday. The polling will be conducted from 7.00 A.M. to 6.30 P.M. The Election Commission has decided to use Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) along with Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) at every Polling Station, with a view to enhance the transparency and credibility of the election process, as VVPAT allows the voter to verify his/her vote. The arrangements have already been made to ensure availability of adequate number of EVMs and VVPATs for the smooth conduct of elections. Read more on The Dispatch   


COVID-19: IAF’s Chinook helicopter leaves for Leh from Jmu with bio-safety cabinet and centrifuges

 Jammu: An Indian Air Force (IAF) Chinook helicopter on Saturday left for Leh from Jammu with 850 kg load which included bio-safety cabinet and centrifuges.

These machines, costing over Rs 1 crore each, made by Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), now given to Ladakh are essential for COVID-19 testing and storage of samples . Read more on The Dispatch   


CBI registers case against former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh on allegation of bribery

New Delhi:  CBI has registered a case against former home minister of Maharashtra Anil Deshmukh and some other unknown persons for allegedly extorting money from Bar and Restaurants across the city of Mumbai with the help of Crime Intelligence Unit. The agency is currently carrying out searches at different locations of Deshmukh. Read more on The Dispatch   

Rajnath Singh holds review meeting to assess Defence Ministry’s efforts to deal with prevailing COVID-19 situation

New Delhi:  Defence Minister Rajnath Singh held a review meeting today to assess Defence Ministry’s efforts to deal with the prevailing COVID-19 situation in the country. Mr. Singh took stock of the operations of the Indian Air Force which has undertaken several sorties to reduce the transportation time of Oxygen and other critical supplies in the country.  Read more on The Dispatch   


HM Amit Shah inaugurates oxygen manufacturing plant at Kolavada village in Gandhinagar

 Union Home Minister Amit Shah has inaugurated an oxygen manufacturing plant at Kolavada village in Gandhinagar today.  Speaking on this occasion, Mr. Shah said that oxygen manufacturing in Gujarat is better compared to other States as Gujarat is an industrial state.

He said that Gujarat has supplied its surplus oxygen to many other States and set a good example. He said that the PM CARES fund has approved 100s of plants for oxygen production across India. Out of these, Gujarat will get 11 plants which will be operational soon.Oxygen plant inaugurated by Union Home Minister Amit Shah will provide oxygen to the Covid patients admitted in Kolavada Ayurvedic Hospital. Read more on The Dispatch


PM Modi launches distribution of e-property cards under SVAMITVA scheme; urges rural India to follow all covid related protocols

Prime Minister has urged rural India to follow all covid related protocols and defeat the second wave of Corona pandemic. Speaking at the launch event of SVAMITVA scheme for the entire country today, Mr. Modi lauded the spirit of rural India asserting that last year everyone sincerely followed the COVID appropriate behaviour which helped the nation recover from the pandemic within a short span of time. The Prime Minister said that the battle against the pandemic is more strong this year as the country has rolled out the largest vaccination drive in the world. Highlighting the decision of liberalisation in the vaccine policy commencing from 1st May regarding vaccination of everyone above 18 years, Mr. Modi also appealed everyone to follow every health guideline issued by the government from time to time. He informed that the Centre has given its nod to provide free ration to more than 80 crore Indians for the month of May and June this year under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana to ensure that proper nutrition is guaranteed to every Indian amidst the tough times of corona pandemic. Read more on The Dispatch

Chhattisgarh: Maoists derail train in Dantewada district, all passengers rescued


 In Chhattisgarh, Maoists derailed a passenger train in Dantewada district last night. All passengers are safe. The incident took place between Bhansi and Bacheli stations. About 30 passengers were on-board at the time of incident.  Read more on The Dispatch


BSF foils Pak attempt to drop arms by drones along IB in Jammu

 Jammu: The Border Security Force (BSF) on Saturday foiled Pakistan’s attempt to airdrop arms and ammunition by drones along the International Border (IB) when alert troops opened fire on two such flying objects on entering Indian airspace in Arnia sector here, a spokesperson of the force said. Read more on The Dispatch




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